A Comparative Study of Male and Female Students’ Performance in Mathematics in Federal College of Education (Technical) Gombe, Gombe State

Ahmed Nazif Kirfi, Bello Daniel Oluyinka, Yusuf Aliyu Ahmed, Yunusa Samson, Sakina Aliyu Deba, Ikwebe Joy Blessing & Muhammad Hauwa Alhajiyel


Mathematics has been viewed as a subject favouring male students due to factors like attitude, methods used for teaching and so on. This has resulted to gender differences between male and female students in Mathematics performance. The paper compares the performance of male and female students in Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics, School of Science Education, Federal College of Education (Technical) Gombe; with the intent to investigate the differences in performance of male and female students. The result of students from 2016 academic session to 2019 session with a sample size of 370 students was used. Independent sample t-test was used to analyse the data obtained from the examination office; it was discovered that there is significant difference based on gender on the performance of students in Mathematics. It was also discovered that there is no significant difference between the performance of male and female students in mathematics among the three academic sessions 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019. It was recommended that female mathematics students should be encouraged in their quest to excel in mathematics and public enlightenment should be intensified to dispel the notion that mathematics is only for male students.

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